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Music Practice Tip That Will Surprise You

Are you ready to make a change in the way you practice, and start getting incredible results?

Most of us practice too fast, and we don’t accomplish everything we could in the time we spend.

I tell my students:

“Practice slow enough to play it right the first time.”

It’s not always possible, but getting it right the first time can happen far more often if you pick the right goal (a few notes or a phrase) and the right tempo.

Try slowing things down to see what you can accomplish. Not just Quarter Note = 60 on the metronome – I mean way down. Try Eighth Note = 60.

Practicing, in part, is training muscle memory. If your fingers are only trained enough to play a phrase at a moderate tempo, they will fail at a faster tempo. If your fingers are trained perfectly at a very slow tempo, playing very fast will be easy. It just happens.

I’ve had students surprise themselves!

Give it a try.

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MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book, Level 3 (PDF)

Looking for the perfect piano book to start your kids with? This all-in-one piano book provides students with graded music that steadily increases the challenges as they improve week by week, but never so much that they don’t feel successful. Also included are worksheets for note naming.

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MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book for Level 3 (Digital Print)

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About This Course
The MMF! All-In-One Beginner Piano Book Level 3 is intended for students that have completed prior levels, Primer-Level 2. The songs are carefully sequenced to make sure kids are always challenged but never feel frustrated because they don’t know what to do or just can’t sound good playing the piece.

Pieces in this book are meant to be practiced in pairs. They are called partner pieces. Each piece with a partner piece will name that piece at the bottom of the page. Whatever the focus, being rhythm or patterns or meter, the partner piece will help students to drill that skill a bit more so they really learn it.

The theory resources included in this book are four Intervals! worksheets. They are intended to introduce musical intervals and drill note naming skills. Teachers should explain the worksheet during the lesson and work through part of it together. Students can complete the rest of the worksheet at home. If you need more worksheets you can print them for free on the MakingMusicFun.net website.

Contents
Introduction
Goodbye, Old Paint
Brahms’ Lullaby by Brahms
Camel Hump, Funny Bump
Fur Elise by Beethoven
Egyptian Dance by Saint-Saens
Malaguena by Lecuona
The Entertainer by Jopin
Intervals! Worksheet (2nds)
Intervals! Worksheet (3rds)
Intervals! Worksheet (4ths)
Intervals! Worksheet (5ths)
Turkey in the Straw
Maple Leaf Rag by Joplin
Wee Falorie Man
The Campbells Are Coming
Le Donna E Mobile by Verdi
Russian Folk Song by Beethoven
Oh, Susanna
Camptown Races by Foster
Musette’s Waltz (La Boeme) by Puccini
Go Down Moses
We Wish You a Merry Christmas
Scales (2 Pages)
Intervals! Worksheet (2nds) – Answer Key
Intervals! Worksheet (3rds) – Answer Key
Intervals! Worksheet (4ths) – Answer Key
Intervals! Worksheet (5ths) – Answer Key
Certificate of Promotion

MakingMusicFun.net All-In-One Piano Book for Level 3 (Digital Print)

Compare to Alfred’s Basic Piano Library

The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course, Level 3 is similar to the Alfred Basic Piano Library Course, offering well written arrangements that are thoughtfully created for the young player, but offers digital printing and considerable savings. The MMF All-In-One Piano Lesson Course is intended to provide study resources for students five years and up. Special attention was given to the attention span and small-sized hands of the young beginner. The pages are clean and uncluttered, with fonts and colors that are  designed to appeal to kids. The focus of the Level 1A book is to introduce new musical symbols, drill symbols that have already been introduced, and support note reading.

Interested in Learning Piano Lessons Online?

The MakingMusicFun Music Academy is one of the most affordable options for quality piano lessons for kids. In fact, at the time of this post they are offering an introductory rate of just $10/month or $100/year – almost half that of other online academies. Your subscription provides you with access to the entire collection HD quality piano lessons, piano sheet music, digital print books, and worksheets. If you sign up for the annual plan you can also participate in the MusicStars Online Music Festival, and get personalized feedback on your progress. This is a pretty special offering for an online academy.

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Pros and Cons of Online Piano Lessons for Kids

When it comes to learning things these days most of us head for the computer. Sometimes we want an article. Other times a video tutorials… and the interest in this is growing rapidly.

It used to be the only way to learn the play the piano was to have a piano teacher sitting next to you, guiding you every step of the way. With the introduction of desktop computers, tablets. and phones, traditional ways of learning are changing. To better understand whether this new method of instruction works – and if it can work for your kids – I’ve written this pros and cons post about online piano lessons for kids.

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You may have grown up taking piano lessons from some lady that you mom met in your neighborhood. She was the closest and most affordable, so that was the teacher you were given. She seated you down on a hard piano bench and made you play scale after scale, followed by some seriously boring piano music. That was bad enough, but it wasn’t over yet. You still had to practice those boring scales and music 30 minutes every day.

When you’re limited to the teacher that’s closest and most affordable you don’t always get the best teacher.

Those days are over if you’re ready to embrace online lessons for kids.

The teachers that create online lessons are typically master teachers that know how to help kids be successful and keep them interested. They are using the latest trends and teaching methods to deliver lessons that are clear and easy to understand.

Pro – Piano Lessons Are “Watch and Learn”

Piano lessons have always been a “watch and learn” experience. Whether you’re sitting next to teacher or watching your teacher online, you are observing to learn – being guided through listening and though verbal instruction.

Pro – Students Benefit Through Instant Replay

Online piano lessons really shine in the days that follow the piano lesson. With traditional instruction students only receive guidance during the lesson. Then they’re stuck trying to remember everything that was shared during the lesson. The unfortunate result is that students don’t remember everything that they were taught. Online piano lessons solve that problem, allowing the piano student to listen to the instruction every day if they want to, so that every lesson is fully understood and fully mastered.

Pro – Cost Online Piano Lessons vs. Traditional Lessons

Online piano lessons provide a substantial cost savings for families. Depending on where you are living in the USA, you may pay as much as $40 for a 30-minute lesson. That’s $160-$200 per month. Online piano lessons cost around $18 per month.

Con – Not Every Need is Met with Online Piano Lessons

Online piano lessons don’t address the individual needs of every student, and sometimes the pacing is too quick. Sometimes students need something explained in a different way.

It’s not a perfect system, but there’s much that can be learned and many families are benefiting from online piano lessons and saving big.

Are You Ready to Give Online Piano Lessons a Try?

Here are two online piano academies that are worth a look.

MakingMusicFun Music Academy – The MakingMusicFun.net Music Academy is one of the most affordable options for quality piano lessons for kids. In fact, at the time of this post they are offering an introductory rate of just $10/month or $100/year – almost half that of other online academies. Your subscription provides you with access to the entire collection HD quality piano lessons, piano sheet music, digital print books, and worksheets. If you sign up for the annual plan you can also participate in the MusicStars Online Music Festival, and get personalized feedback on your progress. This is a pretty special offering for an online academy.

Hoffman Piano Academy – The Hoffman Piano Academy is chock full of quality piano lessons and resources for kids, including HD quality piano lessons, sheet music and worksheets. The basic plan is free and the premium plan is family friendly at just $18/month or $179/year.

Summary 

Online piano lessons aren’t for everyone, but it’s pretty clear that they are providing a rich experience for many adults and kids. And they are making piano more affordable, at a fraction of the cost of traditional lessons.

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Hungarian Dance No.5 | Easy Guitar Sheet Music w/TAB

The Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms are a set of twenty-one spirited dances based on Hungarian folksongs for the most part. The set was completed in 1869. The dances range in length, from approximately one minute to five minutes. They are among Brahms’s most popular works and were the most profitable for him.

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Hungarian Dance No. 5 | Easy Guitar Sheet Music (TAB)

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About the Composer of ‘Hungarian Dance No. 5’

Johannes Brahms (May 1833 – April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor during the Romantic period. He was born in Hamburg to a Lutheran family. He spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. He is often grouped with high status composers like Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the “Three B’s” composers.

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Simple Simon | Beginner Orff Arrangement Sheet Music

Simple Simon is a classic nursery rhyme which dates back to the 18th century England. The first publication of the rhyme was in an illustrated ballad chapbook in 1695. It was also the earliest reference to the character and was titled “Simple Simon’s Misfortunes and his Wife Margery’s Cruelty.” It tells about the story of Simple Simon’s adventures after the first day of his marriage with his cruel wife.

This Orff orchestration is perfect for second through fourth grade students. The parts are easy to play, and will require very little practice. Your fourth grade students may enjoy playing the melody on recorder. Click the link below to listen to the arrangement.

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Simple Simon | Beginner Orff Orchestration Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Simple Simon

Simple Simon met a pieman,
Going to the fair;
Says Simple Simon to the pieman,
“Let me taste your ware.”

Says the pieman to Simple Simon,
“Show me first your penny,”
Says Simple Simon to the pieman,
“Indeed, I have not any.”

Simple Simon went a-fishing
For to catch a whale;
All the water he could find
Was in his mother’s pail!

Simple Simon went to look
If plums grew on a thistle;
He pricked his fingers very much,
Which made poor Simon whistle.

He went to catch a dicky bird,
And thought he could not fail,
Because he had a little salt,
To put upon its tail.

He went for water with a sieve,
But soon it ran all through;
And now poor Simple Simon
Bids you all adieu.

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Cinderella (Dressed in Yella) | Beginner Piano Sheet Music (PDF)

Cinderella (Dressed in Yella) is a popular rhyme used by kids as a skipping rope or jump rope song. The rhyme began to spread around playgrounds in 1968 after the release of the pop song “Cinderella Rockafella” by Esther and Abi Ofarim. It is possibly the most well known jump rope rhyme of all time.

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Cinderella (Dressed in Yella) | Beginner Piano Sheet Music

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Lyrics for ‘Cinderella (Dressed in Yella)’

Cinderella dressed in yella,
Went upstairs to kiss her fella.
By mistake she kissed a snake,
How many doctors will it take?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc.

Cinderella dressed in blue,
Went upstairs to tie her shoe,
By mistake she tied a knot,
How many knots will she make?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc.

Cinderella dressed in green,
Went downtown to buy a ring,
By mistake she bought a fake,
How many days before it breaks?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, etc.

The counting continues as long as the jumper doesn’t miss a jump.

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Need help learning your note names?

Most beginning piano students are still working on their note names, rhythmic values, and music terms, so I’m including a few links to helpful music theory worksheets, games, and flashcards. All of them are printable resources, and a few of them are free.

CodeBreaker! | Free Note Name Worksheet (Bass Clef)
Name That Tune! | Free Note Name Worksheet (Treble Clef)
Name That Tune! | Free Note Name Worksheet (Bass Clef)

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Moses and the Ten Commandments – Free Color-by-Note Worksheet

This free color-by-note simple rhythms worksheet is designed to help young music students drill the whole note, half note, quarter note, whole rest, half rest and quarter rest. Grab your crayons. Let’s have some fun!

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Moses and the Ten Commandments – Free Color-by-Note Worksheet

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Crayons Needed
Brown, Red, Skin Color, Light Gray, Purple, Light Blue

Note to Parents
If you’ve discovered a music theory worksheet that you’d like to share with your kids on this blog, but you’re not quite sure about about rhythms, rests, and note names – don’t worry. Here’s a link that will help:

How to Read Music Made Easy | Beginner’s Guide

About ‘Moses and the Ten Commandments’

God spoke the Ten Commandments to Moses in His own voice and wrote it on two tablets of stone by God’s very own finger. God gave these laws to Moses and the people on Mount Sinai. These commandments are the first part of God’s law system, where it summarized the hundreds of laws found in the Old Testament. It offers the basic rules of behavior for spiritual and moral living. One day, Moses destroyed the tablets out of his anger — a symbol of God’s laws being broken in the hearts His people and a reminder that we should always be careful of righteous anger that it does not lead us to sin. God then made Moses create new ones like the ones He had written himself.

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